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Ok, here's a picture of the new timing cover next to the old one:


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It is Dorman part# 635-107 if anyone is looking for one. I had it marked down to $54.99. Not bad considering the proce of others I've seen.

Here is a shot of the new balancer next to the old one. I'm not 100% but from what I've read there were alot of differences in years but as long as its a 32/289 pre 78 28 oz it'll work fine.


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I'm letting paint dry on teh crank pulley. I sanded it down and primed it and am painting it to match the water pump pulley. I eventually plan on all billet pulleys from CVF racing but for now this'll do.

The new timing cover also uses the newer style seal that pushes in from the front vs the old style that you have to remove the cover to replace.
 

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I went and got all new Stainless steel bolts for the water pump from Lowes. These should hold up better then the original bolts. I have everything cleaned off and wiped down. Just gotta loosen the oil pan bolts so I can put the new tioming cover on. I figure I'll let it sit a bit before putting the new water pump on.

Pics to come!
 

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Heres a few picures showing the progress, I like how the pulleys turned out.


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The damn lower oolant hose was cut-to-fit, and of course I couldn't find anything in the shop...so I used my old machete and then sanded the edges down, what a mess that makes..


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Heres a shot of everything back together. Seems to work great so far, well see how it holds up.


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Everything seems to be holding up well so far. I have another filter and plan to flush the oil to make sure I got everything out of the system.

My car is extremely hard to start when its bitter cold. I'll have to double check the choke. I had to jump it off my ruck this morning and it still took a good 10 mnutes to finally start, crazy because when it starts its smooth as can be.....

Anyway, I ordered a Monte bar from CJs, so they need to hurry the hell up and send it. I am thinking about doing the shelby drop and 1" drop springs here as my next project. Lets hope everything holds up and I can gather the parts.
 

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I have found that the choke seems to be my main problem. I can wedge it open and the car will start great, need to see if linkage just needs adjusted.

Damn freezing rain and snow made it hard to open and close/latch my door. Grr, needs new weatherstriping.
 

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Been working on a handful of little things today. Had some belt slipping going on so I tightened that up. Hopefully it stops the squealing, also I had a bit of surging/stumbling going on. Maybe it was the belt slipping on the alt and then bogging down as it gripped again...?

Anyway, I got a sweet deal on a brand new Autometer water temp gauge on Ebay. I won the auction for .01, thats right, a penny! I happily paid $10 for shipping and no its install time.

I am looking to install the gauge into my radio plate I made , most likely below the radio since the top half has the curve for the dash. I began by installing the Autometer sending unit in place of the stock sender in ithe intake manifold.

Now off to Lowes to grab a hole saw. Pics to follow.
 

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Alright, well the hole saw didnt go quite as planned. I did get one, but i asked while I was there and it was the only one they had, it was 2 1/8 and looked strictly for wood. They said it would work on steel and angle iron as they had done it before.

Well, I wasn't expecting it to jerk the wood so hard, but it did and crumpled my radio cage mount, thankfully I was able to bend it back into shape. The hole saw made it through the metal on the first one...barely, it broke while drilling a second gauge hole. When it broke it gouged the $h!t out of my plate. Here is a pic showing what it looks like after smoothing it out a bit.


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Not too bad, but o well. Lesson learned. I already planned on making a new plate one the T5 swap is finished and the console mounted permanently. I have repainted and am getting ready to shoot some clear on the plate. The second pilot hole will be used to mount a toggle switch...what for...idk yet lol

O and Lowes took the crap hole saw back no questions and also gave me a new piece of sheet metal. Pretty good customer service.
 

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Good morning everyone!

I have the radio panel back in the car but I'll upload a pic here soon. I went ahead and sanded/repainted the half that got gouged. In the hol that was made I mounted an old style steel toggle switch and below it an indicator light. Currently they aren't hooked up to anything.....any ideas? lol

I hope that once I get everything the way I like it I can find a thicker piece of steel and drill everything on a drill press and then cut and bend the plate. That way it should be much sturdier and not have waves from bending.
 

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The Accident

Well, Not sure what happened today. It was going just normal.

Started off great. I got my new Monte Carlo bar installed and swapped to new plugs hoping to help as lately its been running rough. Pics to follow.

Anyway, I pulled out of the shop and parked it outside the gate. I went in the shop, closed the door and flipped off the lights like usual. went out and pulled the gate closed and locked it. I turned around and I see my car rolling back at me!!:swordfight:

I managed to get out of the way before the car smashed me again the gate, it went through the gate and started turning towards the brick corner of my shop!!! I was close enough that I could grab the door open and stomp on the brake mere inches before the car smashed into a brick wall......

The damage isnt too bad that I've seen. It destroyed the passenger side panel extension/trim and put a few large dents in the quarter panel. I was able to pretty much pop the one dent out tho, the other will require pulling the rear seat and the trim over the window regulator.

The paint is pretty messed up, I will try and sand and prime as best as I can.

I did score a sweet deal on Ebay tho! I got an OEM quarter panel extension complete with trim piece for $30, and it is damn near my Blue!
 

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Well I sanded the damamged areas so I could shoot some quick primer until I can block sand and properly porime each area.

Heres some better pics of the damage, I didn't even notice the damage on the front until it was in the shop.


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Well I have sanded, primed and painted the damaged areas, the paint isn't a perfect match but it blends better until I can get a new paint job.

Which brings in my next idea. I have thought about Plasti-Dipping my car. Once I get the body work done of course. This way I'll have time to replace everything while my car still looks good before a final paint job. There is a MAACO not too far away and I called and told him what kind of paint and clear I'd like to use, he said they could do it for about $1000, so thats my target for the paint job.

I have dipped my wheels becuase I wanted to see what my car looked like with black wheels. Not bad for $5


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I have since sanded the holes for the lugs and the larger ones to bring back the aluminum color.

Also I just ordered the template for the Shelby drop from StreetorTrack.com!
 

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Run from MAACO, unless you know the painter personally. Go with the plastidip until you can afford to pay someone who has done a restoration paint job before, or until you can teach yourself to do it.
 

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I have heard the horror stories. I plan on actually having them do a real paint job and not the songle stage crap. They said they could do that no problem it just costs more. I jist need to do as much of the body work as possible.

But who knows, its just an idea for now. I really like the plastidip idea. Anyone know if that stuff cam be sprayed thru a sprayer like for regular paint?
 

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I had to fight to get my one quarter window back up. It was so nice today i rode around with all four windows down. People stared wondering where the B-pillar was lol.

No worries tho as I had taken notice and ordered a new regulator and rollers awhile back. Just been too lazy to install them.
 
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